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Two Jokers Double-Wit - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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412 Ratings
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Ratings: 412
Reviews: 193
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 12.22%
Wants: 53
Gots: 76 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co. visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
They say there are two sides to every story, and that’s certainly true of Two Jokers Double-Wit. On the one hand, it’s a revival of the classic Belgian “wit,” or “white” ale, with lactic fermentation providing a refreshing tartness. On the other hand, it’s a modern, uniquely American brew; big, flavorful, and spiced with cardamom, coriander, orange peel, lavender, and grains of paradise.

15 IBU

(Beer added by: naterock on 05-10-2009)
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Photo of drpimento
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very nice beer. At first I was a little suspicious of the higher alcohol content, but it works. Ditto the extra malt, which actually enhances the tartness and mouthfeel. Poured with a small to medium head and no lace. Color is a lighter amber. Aroma is citrus, spice, and malt. Flavor is malt, sour cherries, citrus, spice, and sweet sour. Body is full and carbonation is great. Very drinkable/session beer. Even with the alcohol (which is present but subtle).

drpimento, Dec 31, 2009
Photo of beer2day
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours hazy orange with lots of lemon. 1-finger head gives way to a nice cap of foam for the style. Fairly thick lace.

Nose is very Belgian. Lots of banana, clove, and some pepper. Underlying sweetness comes from yucca? Nice malt presence, too.

Banana-clove hit. Moves quickly to sour with a good bit of fizzy body. Fizz disappears before the finish, though, and caps off surprisingly smooth and thick. Not much of the abv shows. Nice mix of sweet (banana) and sour in the end.

Very nice body for the style.

Really like this interpretation. Easy to drink on a very hot day in NC in October.

beer2day, Oct 12, 2010
Photo of tigg924
4.16/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: 1/3 inch head, low carbonation, gold in color, hazy

Smell:wheat, lemon, orange, clove and lavender

Taste: wheat, lemon, orange, clove, and lavender

Mouthfeel: medium body, sweet, medium carbonation

Overall: One of the more interesting takes on a witbier that I have had in a while. I get a lot of lavender in this beer and it is a taste I really enjoy. For me, this will be one of my go to witbiers.

tigg924, Aug 02, 2014
Photo of Immortale25
4.16/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at Asheville Growler. Served in a pint glass.

A- Pours a semi-hazy medium amber color with a 1/4 inch white head that retains a bit before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a half sheet of spackled surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a jagged ring behind.

S- Solid Belgian yeast aroma brings notes of banana, coriander and a hint of bubble gum.

T- Very different from other wits I've had as there is a very pronounced citrus element that seems to be equal parts yeast and hops. Sweet but with a good dose of spices to round it out. Juicy, slightly tart, more bubble gum. Alcohol is very well hidden.

M- Somewhat zesty but kind of thin and dry. Medium carbonation and a lightish body.

O- Very unique flavors going on here. They've pretty much pinpointed the ideal construct of an imperial witbier.

Immortale25, Aug 10, 2014
Photo of FosterJM
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

237th review on BA
bottle to Chimay Goblet
C/C 750 ML
Batch 12010 Date 04/11

I have to say BLVD, has the hardest corks to remove. Damn, my hands still hurt.

App- A hazy tri-colored pour of orange with some yellow highlights. A nice pillowy two finger head.

Smell- Smells like a bar of soap. All I got was the lavender.

Taste- A big ton of spice on this with the grain and citrus. Many levels of flavors on this beer.

Mouth- Medium bodied with a high carb level. The after taste is very nice with a ton of spice to it.

Drink- Most Witbiers are small and lack flavor. Not this one. Flavor came in waves and was a nice tasting brew. Thanks to my man Dale for the trade.

FosterJM, Feb 07, 2011
Photo of Parrotbeak
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy mustard-orange, with a quarter-inch white head that remains. Good lacing.
The smell very interesting. Belgian yeast is there, surrounded by pepper, and minty fruit(s). After reading about cardamom, I am thinking the minty aspect comes from this. Orange and lemon, which I presume comes from the coriander. The malts can be discerned underneith it all.
Taste is peppery Belgian yeast, with a mix of tart, spicey fruits (orange, lemon, banana, and apricot, amidst perhaps others). The malts again are detectable beneath it all with an active search.
Mouthfeel is crisp with a fairly dry finish. Nice bite comes in halfway through. Medium-light body.
Drinkability is good. The alcohol is almost completely undetectable in the smell or taste.

Parrotbeak, Apr 04, 2010
Photo of chumba526
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Batch 2-2009

Appears a cloudy medium bodied orange color with a nice thick white head.

It smells like cinnamon, and other spices it almost smells like a pumpkin pie. There is a very slight caramel smell as well.

The taste starts off with mild, refreshing sour/ tart bite. The tart flavor leads to an orgy of spices. The spices range to a cinnamon like sweetness to a dry mildly spicy flavor. The balance of this beer is fantastic. It starts crisp and refreshing then moves on to a bold spicy flavor. The spice combination slightly reminds me of a pumpkin spiced beer.

The carbonation is natural feeling and adds creaminess to the beer.

This is a very drinkable beer. Though it has a strong spice flavor it is very crisp and refreshing.

An excellent and unique tasting wit. Worth the price.

chumba526, Sep 08, 2010
Photo of wagenvolks
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 1, 2009 - No. 8 in the Boulevard Smokestack Series; 750ml bottle into a Corsendonk tulip.

A loud, satisfying "POP!" greets me as I uncork this beauty of a beer. Even with a gentle pour, Two Jokers builds a towering fluff of meringue head that slowly settles to a patch of foam. Torrents of bubbles rise up form the etched moon on the glass's bottom, fueling the head atop an attractively hazy, bright orange body. Great aroma, both subtle and complex at the same time. Coriander practically leaps out of the tulip, battling with orange peel zest for the nose. Hints of vanilla, grassy hops, and mandarin orange back up the spicy bouquet, while the malts are biscuity and soft.

This is a very good witbier--on the verge of being great. Starts with fresh coriander, orange peel, and orange flesh. Slightly sour tartness blends with a nice backbone of crystal malt. A quick flash of boozy heat and sharp, grassy spices cut across the back of the palate alongside a spritzy carbonation level. The medium-light body finishes on the dry side, with a burst of funky sourness. All in all, Boulevard has crafted a beautiful example of the Witbier style that packs heftier-than-normal booze and spices, but doesn't over-do it and still maintains its drinkability. Bravo!

wagenvolks, Jun 09, 2009
Photo of cokes
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Crayon yellow, hazed and stacked with a proud rise of white suds. Yeast sediment turns it mustard a couple pours later.
Wheat bread and candied orange rind nose, some banana and melon- all dusted with powdered sugar- get squeezed in before the liberal coriander and grains of paradise lemony spiciness take hold.
Wheaty from the outset, with an increased malt presence from a typical wit (as would be expected, given its "double" status). Banana bread and melon, and some sub-caramel sweetness. That sweetness turns towards confectioners sugar as the spices begin to rain down. Coriander is the loudest, but cardamom, and Grains of Paradise are both clearly recognizable. Lavender too, especially in the later pours as it warms. It finishes with an orange rind bittersweetsourness.
Medium+ bodied- edging towards full once the sediment is added- but given levity by the rampant, frisky CO2. Alcohol is masked dangerously.
Just as the name suggests, it's a big, fat Witbier, and a well done one. Another Smokestack winner.

cokes, Sep 16, 2009
Photo of mikesgroove
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another gem I was lucky enough to get a hold of recently. This one I popped out to enjoy last night with Dinner. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 07/04/2009.

The pour was very nice. Very hazy blond color with a huge foamy head rising up above the rim of the glass. Huge carbonation visible throughout the session as it really had a very big and lively look to it. The aroma was light grain and wheat, hints of banana and light clove notes along with a touch of spice in the nose as it starts to warm. Smooth, medium body had enough weight behind it to coat the tongue nicely. Light grain flavor gave way to nice light fruity notes and a good little prickly pepper like touch on the tip of the tongue that gave it a nice little pop. Alcohol was very well hidden and this led to a nice tight, little heavier wheat beer that was muh more drinkable then I thought it would be.

Overall it was a very solid beer. I would have no issue with having this one again and I continue to be impressed with the boulevard lineup.

mikesgroove, Jul 05, 2009
Photo of FreshHawk
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Hazy tangerine orange with a large, billowing, thick, frothy, white head. Great retention leaving a nice layer of lace.

S - Spicy and fruity. A good amount of coriander, white pepper, touches of lavender, and a good amount of lemon and rind. There is also banana esters, grapefruit, and other hints of tropical and citrus fruit.

T - Again, not a typical witbier flavor. Starts fairly sweet with a strong wheat backbone. Sweet citrus and tropical fruit flavors along with banana esters. Mid sip the spices and lemon come out a bit stronger with a nice little bite at the finish.

M - Medium body with above average carbonation. Nice dry bite on the finish.

D - Easy to drink as the spices and the fruitiness balance each other well. Refreshing and the alcohol is very well hidden.

Notes: Not a typical Witbier, more like a mix between a Wit and a Tripel. Overall it was pretty tasty with a nice amount of fruitiness but nothing overly sweet. Enjoyable beer, especially for a warm day.

FreshHawk, Oct 14, 2011
Photo of ktrillionaire
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Beertracker for this one

A - Beautiful orange-golden hue, billowing white crown of foam, scant lace.

S - Wheat sweetness, honey-butterscotch, and generally spicy and saucy aromas are the mainstay.

T - The flavor is hard to pin down, mostly crisp and refreshing, lightly tart and spicy. The ABV is well-hidden. Wheat flavor is restrained to the grainy aspects, and is not overly estery.

M - Lighter-bodied, yet big and refreshing, with a dry finish.

D - Here in Florida, we NEED beer like this. Super-refreshing, and still very substantial. Boulevard strikes again.

ktrillionaire, May 18, 2010
Photo of kellyej
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%

A: Light, Gold/amber color, weak head
S: Fruity, honey, coriander, thyme, rosemary (spices almost make the beer smell like sausage)
M: Bubbly, light, dry
T: Strongly sour with a hint of honey and coriander

kellyej, Sep 10, 2014
Photo of Strix
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy pale orange, frothy head.

Smells of lavender, lemonade, and orange.

Lemon and orange peel, coriander, yeast, pepper, and a variety of herbal notes.

Full mouthfeel, lots of carbonation.

This was subtly done and nice. I love the smokestack series.

Strix, Feb 12, 2011
Photo of bort11
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Been looking forward to this one and finally got a chance to catch up.

750 ml corked and caged bottle, poured into a wit glass. Huge off white head, retention that lasts forever, and crazy active carbonation. Color is a perfectly hazy golden yellow.

Smell starts off with a distinctive musty Belgian yeast, but then all of the spices cascade down. It's a lot of floral spices, coriander and grains of paradise. Taste is a huge bouquet of flowery spices. Lavender really comes into play and hard aromatic spices are prickly on the tongue.

Mouthfeel is a little thicker than Zon, a little heavier. Carbonation is still very crisp. Really drinkable and great for the summer.

Blipped "Hellbilly Joker" by Hank III

bort11, Jun 19, 2009
Photo of steve8robin
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I love Saison Brett. This is the second brew I will try from this brewery. Pint bottle. Batch 1 2010 04/2011...

A: Very light golden honey color that carbonated continuously bringing bubble to the top. A nice 1 inch white head that slowly fades. Good.

S: This smells very interesting. I get some fruity bubble gum blended with some heavy spices. Some cinnamon in the middle with some pineapple on the backend. Good.

T: See, this is what I liked about Saison Brett. I'm not a fan of a beer being sour just to be sour. This beer has an awesome refreshing tartness, but not stupid sour. Starts with some spices blended with some honey followed by some carbonated banana. Good.

M: A hint too carbonated for my taste, but still good.

D: Goes down very easy.

All in all, this is the second brew from Boulevard that I've tried second to Saison Brett. This one definitely is a very solid brew and does not disappoint. This is not in the same category as Saison Brett, but it definitely does not fall far under. Try if you like banana bready tart beers. I'd say you should give one at least a try once. Great brew.

steve8robin, Jul 27, 2010
Photo of atrocity
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%

atrocity, Sep 10, 2014
Photo of BDLbrewster
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an enlightened pale orange hue that is cloudy as the tunnel of a Texas twister. Frothy white head rises and then quickly falls leaving no lacing.

Smells of spicy fresh banana bread. Lots of banana and coriander in the nose, some Belgian yeast pokes through as well. The fruity smells I pick up remind me of gummy candies, ripe pear and apple. The aromas from the fruity yeast and the coriander mix strangely, producing an odor reminiscent of ginger root.

The taste is not quite as complex as the smell. Spicy and fruity on the front with some orange sweetness. Then comes a rush of coriander riddled banana that has a very faint sour, lactic characteristic to it. The alcohol is skillfully covered and only pokes through slightly in the aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is as expected, on the light side but still heavy enough to feel it in your mouth. High amount of natural feeling carbonation (not sure if it's forced or not.)

Very nice. I am loving the Smokestack Series and this brew does not disappoint. Huge drinkability and amazing taste, 8% WHAAATTT? Highly recommended.

BDLbrewster, Aug 27, 2009
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lightly cloudy apricot with lightly cloudy lemon along the edges. Generous carbonation has created an expansive crown of ecru colored foam that is mousse-like in its airy creaminess. Sea foam sheets of lace are beginning to stick as the suds slowly sink.

The spiciness of the aroma is more varied than in the typical witbier, thanks to cardamom, lavender and grains of paradise, in addition to the usual coriander and orange peel. Only grains of paradise (especially) and coriander are appreciated by my nose. This should be pretty tasty beer.

Two Jokers definitely has more going on than the typical example of the style. So much so that it doesn't taste much like a witbier. That's fine because it tastes good, which is all that matters. The spices have no trouble burying the alcohol, which is yet another positive.

The pale wheat malt backbone (with a touch of toast) isn't as burly as expected given the ABV. Hop flavor isn't appreciated, but their alpha acids tip the scales in favor of bitterness. Tanginess is pretty prominent too.

Other than wheat bread and wheat toast, the flavor profile includes lemon zest and a few of the added spices; grains of paradise and coriander predominantly. The estery Belgian yeast adds a small shot of warm clove and some bruised banana, which contributes yet another dimension (of the hefeweizen sort) to this quasi-complex Belgian-style ale.

There's no letdown at all when it comes to the mouthfeel. More heft would have been nice, but ease of drinkability cannot be faulted. The carbonation is still boisterous (not fizzy) and injects plenty of sparkly energy.

Two Jokers Double-Wit (yet another winner from Boulevard) should appeal to anyone who likes Belgian-style beer, spiced beer or well-crafted beer in general. Whoever is in charge of the Smokestack Series at BBC needs to keep up the good work.

*originally reviewed 10-03-2009

BuckeyeNation, Oct 08, 2009
Photo of roblowther
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very cloudy almost luminous gold with a fizzy white head that dissipates and leaves no lacing. Sounds like that test from Kung Fu. Smells of lemons, apricots, and honey. Tastes peppery and citrus-y. Oranges and cinnamon. Very tasty, very spicy. Mouthfeel is aggressively carbonated but not so that I feel it will beat me up or steal my wallet. It is very drinkable, very refreshing and balanced. Daddy like.

roblowther, Oct 17, 2009
Photo of dwagner003
4.05/5  rDev +1%

dwagner003, Sep 09, 2014
Photo of BurgerJones
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750mL bottle into a stemmed glass. Batch 2-2009.

Pours a hazy, light orange-amber color with a fluffy white head that dissipates quickly and leaves little lacing.

Peppery, floral, pleasing aroma.

Taste is citrus, pepper, noticeable yeasty sourness. Mouthfeel surprisingly light for an 8% ABV beer.

Overall, excellent summer beer.

BurgerJones, Jul 12, 2011
Photo of brentk56
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy peach nectar color with golden highlights; the head is impressive and leaves a nice clumpage of lace

Smell: Lemon, banana and lavendar elements dominate, with undertones of cardamom and coriander

Taste: Citrusy and tart, up front, with lemon, orange peel, pineapple and a growing banana element that challenges the citrus by mid-palate, when the spicy coriander, lavendar and grains of paradise arrive; although the tartness flourishes throughout, the finish brings an interesting bananas flambee sweetness

Mouthfeel: Medium body with lively carbonation and acidity

Drinkability: A fine example of the style, but I would not have thought it was a double wit; the alcohol is well disguised

Thanks, iasanlee, for the opportunity

brentk56, Aug 15, 2009
Photo of youknowmyname
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Odor: Pepper and citrus

Appearance: Smoke poured out when the cork was popped. Served in a challis glass, The beer poured out a milky light orange Fast dissipating lace on glass

Taste: Strong taste of lemon and orange peel with a heavy coriander spice. High carbonation just short of a champagne like feel. Slightly creamy but more acidic than Blue Moon.

Good Beer. I was taken back by how citrusy the beer tasted but as I drank became very accustomed to the taste. Very light. Would be a great summer beer.

youknowmyname, Feb 10, 2014
Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml poured into my duck rabbit snifter (~10 oz)-remaining contents shared on Christmas with the family. This has been in the cellar for awhie.

A- Body is a very foggy straw yellow hue with a dynamic fogginess. Pours with a hefty 3 finger+ white foamy head. This eventually fades to about 1/2 finger and little lacing is left behind in the glass.

S- Coriander, dry floral hops, soap, faint lemon, peppery spice, slightly bready-overall impression is dry and spicy.

T- Flavor is spicy upfront with lemongrass and a slight funk beneath. Mild floral hops and spices come through for the finish which is quite dry otherwise.

M- Feel is slightly dry and light weight, with a medium to high spritzy carbonation-quite champagne like.

D- This is a very good brew overall. ABV is well hidden. This reminds me more of a saison than an imperial witbier (which is interesting since there are several saisons in the smokestack series)- but it definatelt falls into the pale Belgian category well. Another great brew by Boulevard.

PittBeerGirl, Dec 26, 2010
Two Jokers Double-Wit from Boulevard Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 412 ratings.